Paint (sometimes called Microsoft Paint or MS Paint) is a graphics painting program developed by Microsoft. It has been included in all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system from version 1.0 (as Paintbrush). Its simplicity of usage and the lack of advanced image manipulation features made the art created on the program distinct due to its amateurishness and lack of detail. Due to its popularity, Paint has been the vehicle for the creation of numerous memes.
Deprecation and Resuscitation
On July 24th, 2017, Microsoft announced that MS Paint would be "deprecated," meaning “not in active development and might be removed in future releases," in the upcoming Windows 10 Update. To many, this signaled that Microsoft was killing off MS Paint. Several threads in subreddits mourned the news by creating subreddit-themed images in MS Paint. Several popular posts on /r/dankmemes that day referenced the death of MS Paint, many of which were made in tribute (examples shown below).
However, the outpouring of support for MS Paint led Microsoft to clarify the following day that MS Paint would now be available in the Windows Store.
Rage Faces are the main components of a series of amateur-made comics, known as Rage Comics. The faces, portraying different different emotions and situations, have been, for the most part, created with minimal attention to detail and thus must have been drawn in MS Paint or related software.
Similar to rage comics, Stoner Comics is a series of amateur-made comics, but instead of portraying various situations and occurrences, they portray drug-related stories.
MS Paint Relationship Comics
MS Paint Desktop Icons
MS Paint Desktop Icons is an image fad originating from 4chan where users post MS Paint-drawn images of known desktop icons, such as Adobe Reader or Internet Explorer. The meme itself has evolved to include logos such as My Little Pony.